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US News Emmanuel Macron says 'non' to Dry January in France

15:55  18 november  2019
15:55  18 november  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Macron made the revelation on Thursday at a meeting with winegrowers in Epernay, in the Champagne producing department of Marne. A study from the University of Sussex and conducted with over 800 people who took part in Dry January in 2018 found that people had regained control of their drinking

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Emmanuel Macron drinking from a wine glass: The French president is said to have opposed having an alcohol-free January © Getty The French president is said to have opposed having an alcohol-free January French President Emmanuel Macron is opposed to promoting a Dry January equivalent in France, according to the president of the champagne makers' union.

Speaking after eating lunch with the French leader in Epernay on Thursday, Maxime Toubart said Mr Macron had assured him that he did not support a "Janvier Sec", which is inspired by the British campaign to encourage sobriety for a month.

"He told us, 'You can let it be known that there will be no Janvier Sec,'" Mr Toubart recalled to Vitisphere, a specialist outlet covering French wine industry news.

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Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron (French: [emanɥɛl ʒɑ̃ miʃɛl fʁedeʁik makʁɔ̃]; born 21 December 1977) is a French politician who has been the President of France and ex officio Co-Prince

President Macron enjoys a glass or two of wine with mealsDOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/GETTY IMAGES. English health officials won broad approval when “He told us: ‘You can let it be known that there will not be a Dry January ’,” said Maxime Toubart, chairman of the General Union of Champagne Makers.

The comments were made as France's national health agency was said to be preparing a campaign launch for a Dry January replica.

Reports of the campaign in early November led to concerns from wine and champagne experts across France about the economic impact of an alcohol-free month.

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A statement from the National Association of the Elected Officials of the Vine and the Wine (ANEV) said an equivalent of Dry January would place extra pressure on an industry already "facing serious commercial difficulties today".

It added: "Particularly with the US surtax on imports of French wine or the uncertainty around Brexit."

But a joint statement from a number of French associations combatting addictions said the goal of cutting alcohol was "obviously not to lead to total abstinence, but to question its consumption and to become aware of the relationship between society and alcohol".

Citing the British campaign, it added: "Dry January in the United Kingdom offers people who wish to take a break from alcohol for a month to see the benefits on their body and in their daily lives."

The statement went on to say that Mr Macron's reported comments to champagne experts "would show the influence the alcohol sector has on political choices in the field of public health".

In the UK, a joint study by the Royal Free Hospital and the British Medical Journal in 2018 found that an alcohol-free month lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and the risk of diabetes.

It also reduces the amount of cancer-related proteins that are found in a person's blood.

The University of Sussex also found that Dry January helps participants maintain healthier drinking habits for the rest of the year.

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